Not So Fast…

Just as we begin our first full week of spring, 2014, and the wheels are in motion to get our boats back in the water, we are faced with what could turn out to be the snowstorm of the year in some parts of the Northeast.

As of Tuesday morning, the Cape and islands are on a total Blizzard Watch according to the NOAA National Weather Service, with the following report issued moments ago:

spring blizzard 2014

...POWERFUL OCEAN STORM LIKELY TO AFFECT CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS
WITH HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS VERY LATE TONIGHT
AND WEDNESDAY MORNING...
...BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...CAPE COD...NANTUCKET AND MARTHA/S VINEYARD.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...STRONG DAMAGING WINDS AND BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* TIMING...VERY LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS...NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY IN HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS
  ARE POSSIBLE. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY MAKE TRAVEL ALMOST
  IMPOSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY FOR THE WEDNESDAY MORNING RUSH HOUR.
  IN ADDITION...STRONG WINDS MAY RESULT IN DOWNED TREES AND
  POWER OUTAGES.

* WINDS...NORTH 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR CONSIDERABLE
FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH AND VISIBILITIES BELOW 1/4 MILE FOR AT LEAST
3 HOURS. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE...MAKING TRAVEL
VERY DANGEROUS.  BE PREPARED TO ALTER ANY TRAVEL PLANS.  

Weather image and update: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/